|... better late than never|
belated Merry Christmas everyone!
My Dad is a chain smoker. I have been thinking of ordering cigars that I saw online but decided not to. RJ is asthmatic and second-hand smoke is also not good for our health. RJ needs to nebulize upon returning home, after every weekend visit to my Dad, because of continuous coughing after inhaling cigarette smoke.
So this is what he got, gave it to him already, for Christmas...
I am at NAIA 3 right now with my son. Our 1235 pm Cebu Pacific flight is delayed. Not just our flight, actually, other flights are also delayed. RJ ate a donut on the way to our gate but has not eaten lunch yet. My Aunt said Cebu Pacific doesn't have free snacks like other airlines.
This is my first time to fly via Cebu Pac and there won't be a next time. I've never experienced a delayed flight with any other airline before.
The Philippines again tried breaking a world record the past two days. The event was held at Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City. The Peace and Unity swimming event challenged a Guinness world swimming record for most number of swimmers in a non-stop 24-hour marathon relay.
RJ was invited by his coach, in one of the swim club where he's a member, a few weeks back. But because I have to make some last minute Christmas shopping this weekend, before going home to the province for a vacation, RJ was not able to join. I'm pretty sure he would have gotten a good tan while waiting for his turn to swim. His Dad has been teasing him that he doesn't look macho because he's not tanned anymore. RJ has stopped swimming this school year because of school service problem.
Next year he will go back to swimming. And next year, he'll be with thousands of swimmers beating another world record.
We always use Philippine Airlines (PAL) in all our domestic travels. But because of the on-going problems of the airline with its employees, I was hesitant to book our flight with them for our trip to the province this Christmas break.
We're flying home via Cebu Pacific, for the first time, for the holidays. I hope I don't experince anything bad with them because I've nothing but praises for PAL customer service.
I can't wait for RJ's Christmas break. Just 3 more days and we're flying home to the province. I can't wait to relax and leave all the stress here in Manila. I miss sitting on our comfortable living room chairs while watching television.
RJ is even more excited than me. He can hardly wait for his christmas vacation to start. He has lots of things planned for his vacation.
RJ was holding a brochure of customized laptops and asked me if he can have one. That was a few months back when we were shopping for early Christmas gifts in a nearby mall. Of course I won't buy him one, he does not need one for himself...yet.
"I'll buy you a laptop once you need it for school work. You can always borrow mine."
I just hope he doesn't include it on his Christmas list. Because I already include it on my wish list this Christmas! Santa, I need a new laptop. Thanks in advance!
"Can I have porkchops for lunch next week?", my son asked me last night.
"So we're through with fried chicken?"
My picky eater son has a suggestion. "Why not prepare something different every week for my lunch. Do it like crop rotation, new dish every week."
"Well, it's hard to do that with you because most of the time you don't like new dishes. So I just stick with those that you'll surely eat. So starting this week, tell me what you want for your weekly lunch so I can include it on my weekly grocery list."
|lunch baon: chicken balls with homemade gravy|
I hope this will solve our problem of too much left over food in his lunchbox.*fingers crossed*
I wasn't able to attend my college friends's yearly get together. RJ has a lot of scheduled quizzes and long tests. I know that he's ready to take the tests without studying, I nevertheless reviewed with him the whole weekend. I was so stressed out. I was only able to relax when I was very sure he'll really ace the tests.
I was even dying to see if one of my friend's boyfriend has finally popped the question! I think I saw him tagged by a Wedding Jewelry store in a social networking site.
Next year I will be present. Hopefully RJ will be quizzes-free during the scheduled get-together next year.
Scrubbing once won't make a belly button clean. A daily dose of TLC will surely do the trick. When my son was in preschool, I started cleaning his belly button with what I use to clean mine. I actually want to do it earlier, as soon as the umbilical cord fell off, but thought it can wait when he's old enough. Old enough for his skin to handle the solutions I use to make my belly button clean.
The things that I use are actually not that harsh. I use alcohol, baby oil and whatever acne solutions I have. I don't use it all at the same time. I use whatever tickles my fancy at that particular time. After taking a bath, I put a small amount on a cotton bud. Then gently scrub the creases, where dirt usually accumulates, of the belly button. A small amount with a gentle scrubbing usually does the trick -squeky clean belly button!
What is unconditional love? Is it loving someone without anything in return? Without anything at all? If that's what unconditioal love is for YOU, then you're just plain naive. You'll just end up getting hurt and disrespected. For me, unconditional love is loving someone "with some conditions".
As a mom, I impose and expect my son to be obedient, respectful and to love me back unconditionally. I get hurt and I get mad at him whenever he does something that is not acceptable. But that doesn't mean that I love him less. And that doesn't mean that the love that I have for him is selfish love.
What is unconditional love for you?
RJ's grades for the second quarter was given last thursday, November 25. I was very amazed of how calm I was when I picked him up. Usually I'm very jittery, to the point of almost hyper ventillating, on "the day" report cards are scheduled to be given. I've actually been a "stage mom" the day he was born.
My being calm, I think, has something to do with his high quizzes and test results. I was pretty confident that his grades will be better this quarter and I was right!
He's SECOND HONORS!
I don't want to drive, due to too many reckless drivers, on the streets of Manila. I have no idea how I was able to finish the driving lessons I enrolled in a few years back. My son has to go to school on a school service, because of my unwillingness to drive on the dangerous streets of Manila, since 4 years ago.
I am not happy though with the buses accredited by the school. We have transferred from one bus service to another for the past 4 years. And I am running out of choices.
This whole week the bus's aircon wasn't working. The owner has decided to just have the bus fixed during the weekend. She didn't even bother to look for a replacement bus. One time the bus just stopped on the middle of the road. The bus company doesn't have people who's in charge of giving roadside assistance to buses who will encounter problems while on the road.
If this keeps up, I might decide to buy a school bus. I have been thinking about it for months already. I will definitely buy a new one. And yes, I will drive these irresponsible people out of business. I'm sure I'll give a better service in giving the kids a comfortable ride to and from their houses.
"Mama! Why did you call me baby in front of my classmates?" My son was smiling but I know that I've embarrassed him again. I am so used to calling him "baby", I just can't help but forget that he's now a 9-year old boy.
"Oh! I'm sorry. I'll try not to call you baby in front of other people. But always remember that you'll always be my baby."
I'm really, truly sad that he's not a baby anymore. There'll come a time when he'll be taller than me, in 2 years based on how he's been growing, but he'll always be my baby. Soon he'll be a teenager and might (but hopefully not) need acne treatments, but he'll always be my baby.
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I again allowed myself to drink something unhealthy. I'm not sure if diet pills will work with this one. It has lots of sugar you see.
My son had an early dismissal from school today. I was a bit early in picking him up so I decided to stay in the school canteen first. It's a very hot day so I got tempted in buying a straight-from-the-freezer Black Gulaman drink.
I only realized that I drank something not good for me when I already emptied the bottle. And when a friend, another mommy whose also picking up her son, looked at the bottle and back at me as if I murdered somebody. I have been complaining to her about my can't-fit-in-a-little-black-dress body for months already. Why didn't I think of throwing the empty bottle in the trash before she saw me?!
Oh well! Next time I will make sure not to drink anything unhealthy, even if I die of thirst! And if I can't control myself, I'm only human, I will throw the evidence right away.
My son left his rubber shoes in the car. He was supposed to bring it up in the house but he forgot as usual. His dad has a client meeting the whole day and is not sure if he can make it in time for RJ's basketball practice. Because RJ's feet practically grows an inch every single day, based on a cheapeskate mom's observation, I thought of letting him borrow my shoes just in case his Dad couldn't make it.
I got the surprise of my life when he tried it on. Well, not that surprised actually. I have always known that he will one day have the same shoe size as mine but not this early!
The older the kids grow, their needs and wants become more expensive. I now have to double my efforts in looking for online coupons.
I can't wait for the time when he can borrow his Dad's clothes already or the other way around. We'll surely save money on clothes when that time comes.
I use cable internet, not because I want to, I just didn't have a choice. All other internet services, available in our area, has weak signal. Not a day passes by without me wanting to sue my internet provider. What angers me the most is that they don't refund payments for days when there's no internet connection. But relying in the justice system here is a waste of time and money. And that's another story that I have to rant about one of these days.
Thank God for dear-old indoor tv antennas. I don't have problems with my television viewing. And the fun part is, it's for FREE!
That's how my son greets me when I pick him up in school. "Not unless you're done with homework. And you can only play for an hour." But most of the time, he only gets to go online on weekends. It's never a Cyber Monday, tuesday or even friday for him since he has lots of after-school work during school days.
I don't want him to get addicted with online games
this early ever. So I try to make his online playing an hour tops. Well, I try. But sometimes I lose track of time. Everytime that happens, RJ is one happy kid!
When will he like food and really like it forever? My son is a very picky eater. I spend hours planning our weekly menu before heading to the grocery store. I don't mind eating nothing but white meat, fruits and vegetables. But that's not possible, I can't have just that because there's a picky eater in the house -my son RJ. A few weeks ago, he's so into chicken nuggets (again!). So I stuffed the fridge with chicken nuggets. After a few meals of "I like chicken nuggets very much", it's now on his list of "I hate this food".
When will I ever learn. I feel like I've won in a lottery everytime I hear him say, "This is yummy, Mama!" A few days after, I have to look for weight loss supplements because I end up eating the "yummy food" that I-thought-he-will-like-forever-so-I-bought-a-months-supply.
From now on, I'm putting my foot down. I will only prepare healthy food whether it's yummy for him or not. It's better for us to eat fresh, healthy food than stuff our body with yummy but dangerous-to-our-health food.
My Dad is an Ilocano. But not everyone, namely mom, me and my sisters, can speak and understand the Ilocano dialect. I and my sisters grew up in my mom's hometown in the Bicol region. The region is famous for its spicy delicacies, the almost-perfect coned Mayon Volcano, the gentle giant Butandings of Sorsogon and handmade crafts (not perishable and can be used if cramming for last minute wedding gift ideas).
It's about time I touch base with my Dad's side of the family. I will also try to learn the local dialect before the end of the year.
Although cars move in very very slow pace during traffic, accidents still happens. Undisciplined taxi and bus drivers, some private motorists as well, tend to overtake and force their vehicle when given a tiny space between two other vehicles. That causes accidents, undisciplined driving.
So, if you just bought a new car, make sure that you get the best car insurance quotes to get a good deal in case of unforeseen traffic accidents in the future.
The week before semestral break was RJ's 2nd quarter exam week. And today, first day of school after school break, the test results were given.
My eyes darted straight to his Chinese test result. I would have jumped with joy, he got 82 out of 90, but was shocked when I saw what he got in Reading and Language.
He always ace the tests in all subjects except Chinese. He's good in Chinese oral tests. But during written exams, his handwriting always pulls down his grade. He always writes fast and doesn't care if his handwriting is not understandable.
So imagine my happiness going poof! when I saw what he got in Reading and Language. It's still passing but not like what he usually gets. He didn't read the instructions properly. He just scanned it and proceeded to answer the test paper.
Last time he wasn't able to answer one page in social studies, so he had 10 unanswered numbers in the test! He said two pages got stuck together and he only saw it when he time was up already.
He did learn from last quarter's mistake. I hope he'll read the instructions carefully next time. I can't wait to see his report card.
This post is not about the popular movie "Night at the Museum". This is a Halloween treat, at Zoocolgy Animal and Skin Museum, that will run on saturdays starting October 31, 2010 until January 6, 2011. Check out the website for more details.
In my opinion, no. I have relatives, both on my mom and dad's side of the family, who are members of the judicial system in the country. I am not saying that all of them have clean conscience. I am sure though that most of them can be trusted and practice their profession without complicating the lives of their clients. Unlike the lawyer that I have now. He is always late during meetings and even bills us for the assistant that only says a few sentence during meetings.
I have a feeling also that he is talking with the other party behind our back. Although I am not happy with my current lawyer, I still have faith in the justice system in the Philippines. I just have to look for a new lawyer to replace this unworthy lawyer that my Uncle recommended.
I think my son does and it's annoying me sometimes already. Was I at fault when I decided to take care of him and become a full time Mom? I've noticed that some of his classmates, those who spend most of the time with their yaya's, are more independent.
I have been constantly reminding him to be more responsible with himself, his things and his behavior. Even if he can already do it, he still waits for me to tell him to do the things that he does everyday like take a bath already, brush his teetht or fix his school bag.
Maybe I should move on to more difficult tasks for him like doing some research for me. Do you have the same worries? Any advice?
"Mama, your arms are swollen", said Ms. F, my very talkative niece, to my sister. I can't help but laugh. My sister's arms are actually not swollen but she's getting a little bit fat. My niece's concern didn't stop there. She's now very conscious of her weight, at 7 years old, because she doesn't want to look fat like her mom. "Mama, you should lose weight." I just hope she doesn't ask her mom to buy her fat burner juice!
|arms like hers? i want!|
Kids do say the darndest things at times. But most of the time its true and we adults should listen to their advice.
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
8 boneless chicken breast halves, skin removed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
4 slices (1 ounce each) cooked ham, cut in half
4 slices (1 ounce each) Swiss cheese, cut in half
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup heated milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
Place each piece of chicken between 2 sheets of wax paper or in food storage bag. Pound gently to flatten, using a rolling pin or smooth side of meat mallet. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Combine eggs with 1 cup milk; dip chicken pieces in mixture. Place a piece of ham and a piece of cheese in the center of each flattened piece of chicken. Brush top of cheese slices with the milk and egg mixture. Fold ends over the ham and cheese; roll up, beginning with long side. Secure rolls with toothpicks. Dredge chicken in the 1/3 cup flour then dip in remaining milk mixture; roll in bread crumbs to coat well. Place chicken rolls on a plate; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Heat 1/2-inch of vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Fry chicken rolls for 20 minutes, turning frequently, until golden brown. Drain well. Serve with mushroom sauce. Serves 8.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; sauté mushrooms until browned. Add flour and stir until mixture is well blended. Gradually stir in hot milk and chicken broth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce begins to boil and thickens. Simmer, stirring frequently, over very low heat for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 1 cup of medium thick sauce.
A few more weeks, Halloween will be over. Christmas decors will soon replace the pumpkins, bats and ghosts in our homes. I already bought Christmas gifts, for some people on my list, a few months earlier. But I still need x-mas gift ideas because I still have a few more people to buy gifts for.
Any gift ideas that you might want to share?
Barong is the national clothing for Filipino men. It is usually required to wear this, in lieu of a suit, during formal occasions in the Philippines. Businessmen and drivers alike wore a Barong on a daily basis. The only difference in their Barong is the price because of the material used in making it. The cheapest Barong can be bought with a few hundreds to a thousand or two. Divisoria Mall, in the city of Manila, is a good place to look for a cheap one. Dresses for everyone in a wedding entourage, from bridesmaid dresses to flower girls', can be found here also.
The more elegant Barong's are usually priced from a hundred thousand pesos or less. These are usually priced higher because of the material and designs. Most of these expensive Barong's are designer-made or can be bought in high-end malls.
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Aside from making kids healthier and stronger, playing sports is a growth booster. My son is growing up so fast, a year from now he'll be as tall as me. Start engaging your kids in sports while they are still young.
Herbal pills can help you lose your excess weight fast. But if you're breastfeeding, ask your doctor about it first.
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Math has always been easy for RJ. I was pretty sure that finance would be on top of his career list in the future. But when they started doing long division in school, RJ started to not like Math. He doesn't want to do his homework the first day the teacher taught long division.
So we had a long talk that night. I noticed that he's just saying, "This lesson is hard" not because he finds it hard. Just the thought of doing "lots of steps" is enough to make him feel lazy to even start solving the equation. I advised him not to rush, in dividing, to avoid a wrong answer.
I try to look for different art and recreation classes that RJ can join. Everyday is an opportunity, that needs to be filled with more knowledge and explore different possibilities, that will lead to where and what he'll best be in the future. I am getting worried that it's already too late for him to try different things now that he's 9.
Last night I was watching a talk show about Mom's and their kids. An athlete who won 1st place in an international competition was featured. He's 17 years old and he started playing the sport he's into at the age of 15. I shouldn't worry about RJ then. He has ample time to try out different activities.
I should add more vacation time in our activities also. Aside from the fun that he'll get from traveling, it will also broaden his knowledge. I would start searching for cheap vacation deals for his Halloween break.
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My son and I always try to find the time to play and goof around before going to sleep. We invent our own games. One such game is what we call "In the future".
We basically take turns in making a sentence out of the "in the future" phrase. We use our imagination in making a sentence of what the world's future will be. Sounds like a boring game? Not! This game makes my son laugh so hard. An example of an "in the future" sentence about tech jobs: "In the future, people will just stare at the computer and the computer will already do what the person is thinking."
Ok, fine. Not funny for you maybe, but the laugh that my son and I share...priceless.
I am looking for a new swim club for my son. Preferably, a team that trains during the weekend.
RJ is part of his school's swim varsity since his preschool years. But the school pool has been under renovation and RJ hasn't attended swim training for a few months already. He's been having cough and colds, every month, since August. Not swimming is the cause of his low immune system.
I've learned today that the pool is done and ready for the swimmer's daily training in the school's newly renovated swimming area.
My problem now is the school services' unwillingness to pick us up after swim training. There are two possible solution to this problem. One: transfer to a new school bus and look for a tutor near the school if RJ still wants to join the swim team. Two: Not join swim team in school and look for a new team that trains during weekends only.
I thus have to weigh the pros and cons of each of the possible solutions...ASAP.
I encouraged my son to start blogging summer of last year. My goal was for him to practice his grammar and writing without hearing his usual, "Why do you always force me to study?" The idea of designing his own site and publishing his vacation pictures online was exciting for him. He used a free hosting service and it's still online up to now. From time to time, he still updates the site with new pictures and new stories.
Now he wants to create a new blog with a different theme.
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~Franklin P. Jones
Yes, I have learned that I really don't have a lot of patience. But as the years go by, I learned how to be more patient with my son and with other people. So having a child has it's perks too.
Museo Pambata's "Toy Drive" will run from October until December 15. You can make an underserved child's Christmas a happy one! Donate your new or old and usable toys to Museo Pambata! Drop off your donations at the MP office. Call the museum for more details.
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I am a worry-wart when it comes to my son. I worry when he's in school. I worry about his future. I worry about anything and everything that my imaginative mind can think of. I believe most mommies are.
I have been planning to get a life insurance. I was already researching the available policies that I was able to get from reputable insurance companies. But I got hesitant when more than one insurance company, in the country, closed for bankruptcy. Although most of them we're non-life, I still didn't want to have problems later on.
After years and years of waiting, the economy is looking good right now. The peso is getting stronger and stronger every passing day. The stock market is the same. So yes, I should set aside my worries for the future and concentrate in solving my present-day worries.